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An Interview With Mash Monster George MacEachern!

Find all about who the newest Gripboard Mash Monster, George MacEachern, is and view videos of his incredible feats of grip strength!

Mash Monster Number 12: George MacEachern!

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In a previous article, I introduced you to the the first GripBoard Mash Monster Elite, Heath Saxton. This time I would like to introduce to you the twelfth certified GripBoard Mash Monster, George MacEachern.

George MacEachern Profile

[ Q ] Could you tell us a little about your background in lifting? Age, when started lifting, why you started, what you do now as far as lifts.

    I started lifting when I was 16 to put on some muscle and train all of the basic movements in addition to a lot of other movements.

[ Q ] How did you get into grip training?

    I received a catalog from a company that sells a lot of grip tools and was captivated by the grippers that they were selling.

[ Q ] You are now a GripBoard Mash Monster, what would you recommend to those aspiring to close this gripper?

    Set a long term goal and continue setting short term goals and modifying them as you progress.

[ Q ] You are also a Certified Captain of Crush® How long did it take you from when you first started working on the grippers to closing the #3?

    I'm not sure. I think it was @ 6 months.

[ Q ] What does your current grip routine look like?

    I train a variety of exercises and lifts and base the frequency and intensity on my level of recovery and amount of pain that I am feeling on a given day.

[ Q ] How has your grip routine changed since you first started training your grip?

    I was training way too much and had to back off. Sometimes less is better than more.

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[ Q ] There seems to be a significant variation in the frequency of grip workouts among trainees even with the common goal of ultimate grip strength. Have you experimented with workout frequency and it's affect on your training?

    Yes. And I have to keep the volume reasonable because of all the bending that I do.

[ Q ] What are your favorite grip exercises?

    I like to work with the grippers doing heavy negatives and strap holds.

[ Q ] What kind of starting routine would you recommend for a trainee new to grip training?

    Start with relatively low volume and gradually increase the amount of work you are doing.

[ Q ] Who do you most admire in gripdom?


[ Q ] If you were to start over again with your grip training, what would you do differently?

    I wouldn't have trained so damn much.

[ Q ] What do you believe is the most difficult grip exercise?

    Anything that favors a large hand.

[ Q ] What are some of your personal bests in grip exercises?

    I don't like to toot my own horn.

[ Q ] What do you believe is the most common mistake made by new grip trainees?

    Going all out from the start, overtraining and either getting injured or discouraged and giving up.

[ Q ] What do you consider to be the greatest grip feats of all time?

    Joe Kinney's #4 close and his can bursting, the overhead lifting of the Inch d.b.

[ Q ] Do you have any parting advice for readers?

    Set lofty goals, work hard and consistently and you will achieve them.

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